PLA takes part in massive military drill
Russia’s largest military drill in over three decades, in which Chinese military forces are participating, started at the Tsugol training range in Russia’s Trans-Baikal region on Sept 11. Code-named “Vostok-2018”, the drill is thought to be Russia’s largest military exercise since “Zapad-1981”, which was held 37 years ago by the Soviet Union and involved around 100,000 to 150,000 troops. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said earlier that this drill involves nearly 300,000 Russian troops, about 36,000 military vehicles, more than 1,000 aircraft and around 80 ships. About 3,200 Chinese troops, along with over 1,000 pieces of weaponry and 30 fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters from the People’s Liberation Army’s Northern Theater Command, conducted combat training together with the Russian troops from Sept 11 to 13.